SnackTaxi, SnackTaxi Riding in the Backseat..Day 10 of My Favorite Things: SnackTAXI

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On day two of “my favorite things” I asked: What do you consider your most “granola-y” trait. This is a funny question because what one may consider “granola-y” another may consider just a normal part of their day to day life.

I pride myself on living somewhere in between. But the bigger question is why is being conscious about the earth and caring about your “foot print” only something for hippies?

It is fantastic!

I was raised to believe in these things (granted by a hippy) and it is funny now how everyone else is catching up and it is chic.

My childhood is filled with memories of driving an hour to find a health food store so my mom could get whatever hippy crap she was looking for at the time.

Taking Care Of The Earth Is Now Fetch

Now, on every corner there is a health food store or a juice “emporium”.

I challenge you NOT to say organic, GMO, rbST, or gluten when talking about food.

Caring for the earth and being a good citizen of the earth is now main stream.

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How I Help Save The Earth On The Reg

So what are some of my “granola-y” traits? I mean “good citizen of the earth” traits?  Glad you asked. Just a few highlights….

The first thing I do every morning is open all of our blinds (for natural light). The windows – of course – are already open.

I prefer ceiling fans instead of the air conditioner (can you imagine my delight when we walked into the house we bought & there was a ceiling fan already in each bedroom – fate!).

I don’t turn on lights until sunset (we are blessed with tons of natural light).

I try to consolidate my errands by location so I am not driving back and forth all week long.

I do a full load of laundry only once a week.

I run the dishwasher at night, when it is packed.

I’m a serial gift bag, wrapping paper and tissue paper re-user.

I’m an insane water conservator – keeping any extra water in some type of vessel until I can water my plants.

I put ice cubes that fall on the floor in house plants.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I re-use plastic shopping bags for garbage bags.

I keep enough grocery tote bags in my car in case I have to buy for a flash mob (I really want to be part of a flash mob. Are they still a thing?).

I twitch when I see food going to waste (I use to take leftovers and give them to homeless people on the streets of Manhattan).

So help my husband if he tries to get away with sneaking the recyclable bottles into the trash again. I’ve installed sonar, night-vision military grade surveillance cameras in our trash cans. Of which, we have one for garbage, one for plastics, one for paper, and one for bottles to go back to the store (one day I’m going to buy a Ferrari with all of those nickels).

I use “select-a-size” Bounty paper towels, sometimes even ripping one piece into thirds.

I have even figured out the minimum squares of Charmin toilet paper needed for a successful – you know (TMI?). Nope, not that – we have a bidet!

Speaking of paper towels and toilet paper (I should mention buying a brand name is a rarity as I usually buy generic), I always look for the largest amount in the smallest rolls. So I’m the one staring and counting on my fingers in Target to figure out if the seven extra jumbo big ginormous rolls that are equivalent to buying 950 single rolls really do come out cheaper.

I Do What Oprah Says

I have even gone so far as to buy re-usable stainless steel straws (this one I have to bow my hat to Oprah for the idea, so it’s ok).

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Speaking of Oprah I remember her chatting (probably with Gayle) about something she does that Steadman mocks her about – re-using plastic sandwich bags. Now, this is something I do (I mean it’s like Oprah and I are the same person – right?). But I happen to have fantastic re-usable ones from SnackTAXI, so it’s ok. When these bags hit the market a few years ago I was curious about them. Then, I went to a Crest Pro-Health event (where I met Jennie Garth – yep!) and the SnackTAXI bag was part of their give away. I was so excited!


I started using these bags and pretty much haven’t stopped in the last two years. They are slim, light weight, cute, colorful, secure (they have a big, thick Velcro stripe to keep them tightly closed), handmade with natural products in Massachusetts, and good for the earth. They are so great even my husband uses them. I LOVE these bags.

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Team Kelly.

SnackTAXI sacks are the perfect thing for back to school. Start the year off by committing to save the earth – just a little bit. Plus you get to choose from tons of cute patterns! One even says “Gluten Free!” on the label – a great idea so you can keep the sack separate and free of items that might cause a reaction. They have a full line of lunch time items, shopping items, and kitchen and table items. And… As I see now on the SnackTAXI website – their products were featured on Oprah. How’s that for full circle?

Thank you SnackTAXI for introducing me to a great re-usable, earth friendly product. You have become one of my favorite things!


SnackTAXI has offered to give away a snack-sack to one lucky reader in the US or Canada!

To win – please post in the comment section below:

What item do you re-use over and over and over again?

Winner will be chosen Monday, August 18.

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SnackTAXI Heritage

In 2003, Erin Kelly-Dill had HAD IT with plastic baggies so she made a few reusable bags to pack her kids (and their snacks) off to day camp. The counselors asked if she could make some for them, and really, the rest is history!  They still sell the same sacks today, and because she really likes making things (all kinds of things!); they’ve recently added a number of other items to their collection as well.  They also offer a thoughtfully curated selection of their favorite things on their website.  What TAXIgoods is all about: crafting goods of the highest quality, that, in the design and in the making, respect our community, environment, and Earth.

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Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 10, and 7). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. Please check out The Mint Chip Mama in the Press: The New York Post, Psychology Today, NY Metro Parents, New York Family, Parents Magazine, Newsday, News 12, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Kids, NerdWallet, Big Apple Kids Guide, and more! The Mint Chip Mama was also nominated as "The Best Blog On Long Island" for 2022, 2023, 2024, one of the Top 20 New York Mom Blogs & Websites, and one of the Top 100 Mom Lifestyle Blogs on the web! For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest.

13 thoughts on “SnackTaxi, SnackTaxi Riding in the Backseat..Day 10 of My Favorite Things: SnackTAXI

  1. I’ve been collecting a few tote bags for the last couple of years, and I use them for so many things: taking toys to the park, for grocery shopping, for carrying the books we check out from the library, for wet swimsuits after a day at the lake, you name it! They’re also very pretty and from different places so they also work as conversation starters!

  2. I collect portable bags. Somehow we have accumulated so many. I leave them in my car, at home, bring them to the kids’ school and everywhere in between. I try to not use plastic bags since I always have a bag (or 6) with me.

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